A National Portrait Gallery exhibition, ranging from oil paintings to sculpture to the emerging science of photography, explores the events and personalities of a war that helped define a young nation.
Mather Brown's "Portrait of Major John Norton as Mohawk Chief Teyoninhokarawen," an oil on canvas, c. 1805. The tribal chief, born to a Cherokee father and a Scottish mother, was later adopted into the Mohawk tribe. He led Iroquois warriors into battle with U.S. forces at the Battle of Queenston Heights and others. His published journal offers a firsthand account of the War of 1812 and life among the Cherokees. Yale Center for British Art/Paul Mellon Fund